Experts in Science and Society

  • Elke Kurz-Milcke
  • Gerd Gigerenzer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Political Systems and the Experts They Support

  3. Who Is Called Upon as Expert?

  4. Experts, Redefined

    1. Andreas Føllesdal
      Pages 181-199
  5. Innovative Representations

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 303-314

About this book


In today's complex world, we have come to rely increasingly on those who have expertise in specific areas and can bring their knowledge to bear on crucial social, political and scientific questions. Taking the viewpoint that experts are consulted when there is something important at stake for an individual, a group, or society at large, Experts in Science and Society explores expertise as a relational concept. How do experts balance their commitment to science with that to society? How does a society actually determine that a person has expertise? What personal traits are valued in an expert? From where does the expert derive authority? What makes new forms of expertise emerge? These and related questions are addressed from a wide range of areas in order to be inclusive, as well as to demonstrate similarities across areas. Likewise, in order to be culturally comparative, this volume includes examples and discussions of experts in different countries and even in different time periods. The topics include the roles of political experts, scientific experts, medical experts, legal experts, and more.


Integration Nation knowledge politics science

Editors and affiliations

  • Elke Kurz-Milcke
    • 1
  • Gerd Gigerenzer
    • 2
  1. 1.Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Human DevelopmentBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-47903-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-47964-9
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